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Wake Up!..


it is an ancient imperative

a message filtering through

to humanity

stretching back toward infinite beginnings

and travelling the braided, winding epochs of our heralded species

to a

future

of

endless horizon

wake up! the seers of old beseech

seek the light, the truth of who you are

this bewitchment of matter

allow its disintegration

under your steady, thoughtful gaze

a gaze replete

with impeccable discrimination

a gaze saturated

with inexhaustible

profuse

love

wake up

the circling skies

and stars

clamor

finally, open your eyes

and awake

from this numbing dream

the rose

pale and quivering

in the breeze

of playful spring

the dog,

neighborhood cur

of unknown origins

they know their true nature

why

have you stirred

from yours?

wake up

the wind whispers

wake up

the flowers nod

oh, you, submerged in

the dream ocean

catapult yourself up

into air

and sunlight

and the exquisite freedom

this opportunity

of a human life

offers

it does not require

strenuous effort

rather, a soft, loving

and persistent

focus

on your own beingness

will eventually erode

the canyons, stark and lonely,

of historical thought

and limitation

oh, gentle traveler

follow the path of the Great Ones

by heeding the cry

of your own

soul

a cry which describes

humanities greatest work

and

inevitable

destiny

oh, gentle wanderer

heed the call of love

a call out

to the four corners

of our dazzling, riotous

world

feel its warm embrace

as it gently shakes you

from your

slumber

and,

whispers

sweetly

in your ear



wake up…





Annie Kiyonaga


2002








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